Color photography: using white balance settings to get the tones you want

Color photography: using white balance settings that work every time

Using white balance to warm up your color photography

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Most people prefer shots to be ‘warmer’ rather than ‘colder’. Indeed, landscapes and portraits often benefit from a little extra warmth rather than being rendered with technically ‘correct’ colors.

There are a number of ways of achieving this. One is to deliberately choose a mis-matched white balance setting designed for cooler-toned lighting.

For example, to warm up a sunset, try setting the white balance to ‘Cloudy’ or ‘Shade’.

This fools the camera into warming up the color balance. You could also use a warm-up filter attached to the lens, but make sure you choose a manual white balance setting – if you leave it set to auto, the camera may simply attempt to compensate for the filter, leaving you back where you started.

You can also warm up images once they’re on your computer. The easiest way to do this is by adjusting the color balance.

In Photoshop, for example, try adding red and reducing blue in roughly equal quantities.

PAGE 1: White balance color quality issues
PAGE 2: Best white balance settings for color photography – Auto vs Preset
PAGE 3: Using white balance to warm up your color photography
PAGE 4: Getting creative with white balance settings

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